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GUEST COMMENTARY: Wasting our waterways

This guest commentary appears in the July 30 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Summer is no vacation for some

Food bank in need of volunteers as numbers dip during the warmer months

In summer, while many people are enjoying summer vacations and time off from work, there remains a desperate need for volunteers to help those less fortunate.

Sports poll: How many weeks of youth sports camps have you or your children participated in?

This sports poll question appears in the July 30 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

EDITORIAL: Treat those who served with honor

This editorial appears in the July 30 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Grant helps pay for plate reader

Data would be collected on Fuller Road traffic going in and out of Albany

The Town of Colonie recently received a grant to purchase police equipment that officers hope will help fight crime by gathering large amounts of data and storing it so they can pinpoint where a vehicle was in the event of a crime.

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Family outing

African American cultural celebration at Empire State Plaza will feature entertainment and activities for all ages

The Empire State Plaza will come alive with a celebration of African American heritage on Saturday, Aug. 2, with African American Family Day scheduled from noon to 7 p.m.

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Oil trains ignite more opposition

McCoy wants Ezra Prentice residents moved away from rail line

As the smell of oil permeated the air and the rumble of oil trains being jerked into motion echoed in the background, residents of public housing in Albany gathered to hear officials ask for more regulations of the transportation of volatile oil.

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Albany closes in on PGCBL playoff berth

Wins over Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley give Albany a leg up for third place

After falling into a third place tie with Glens Falls last week, the Albany Dutchmen reopened their lead for the final playoff berth in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s East Division with a pair of wins.

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Bristol bound

Colonie’s offense shifts into high gear to advance to Mid-Atlantic Regional

Something clicked with the Colonie Little League’s 12-year-old all-stars, and it carried them to the state championship.

Thai restaurant opens in Latham

BKK Bistro offers twist on traditional cuisine

After a decade of success in Vermont, the BKK Bistro Thai Food + Martinis held its grand opening at 728 Loudon Road in Latham on Wednesday, July 16.

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Invasive trees being removed in Pine Bush

Commission set to clear 47 acres of black locust trees, reclaim landscape

Hundreds of invasive trees will be removed from the Pine Bush Preserve before next year, which will dramatically shift the landscape in preparation for a native habitat.

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Get To Know: Diane Deschenes

This Get To Know appears in the July 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Phase two of cleanup begins

Mercury project on track to finish at the end of the year

The former site of a mercury refinery that borders the towns of Colonie and Guilderland is on track to be cleaned up the end of 2014 as it enters phase two of the project.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Beatles changed popular music

This guest commentary appears in the July 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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A way to honor Tim

Latham woman who lost her son to suicide wants to sell her family’s land for affordable housing for veterans

Sitting on the remains of an old wooden wagon, Gloria Knorr reminisces how her family has owned the Latham land for 100 years and explains her plans to create a community to memorialize her son.

Sports poll: Which youth sport has the brightest future in the Capital District?

This sports poll question appears in the July 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

EDITORIAL: Icon soon to be a memory

This editorial appears in the July 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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From civilian to serviceman and back

Lawyer Mat Tully has first-hand knowledge of the challenging transition former members of the military face

It doesn’t matter whether you are a career soldier or someone who has transitioned from the professional world to the military and back again several times over. Reintegrating into civilian life can be a challenge.

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The search begins

Young scientists compete to see who can tell the best science tale

A large stage, four curious judges and 10 contestants with only three minutes to perform.

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Veterans push Albany County legislators on housing plan

Democrats draft last-minute amendment to clear step for Solider On project

Dozens of veterans spoke out against Democratic legislators proposing to stall Solider On’s housing project, which spurred a last-minute amendment to clear a procedural step.

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